Primo Levi as storyteller: The uses of fiction, creative non-fiction and the hard to classify in Levi's narrative of the Holocaust

McCrory, Moy
April 2013
Short Fiction in Theory & Practice;2013, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p85
Academic Journal
The varied forms of short prose writing used by Primo Levi in his continued narrative of the Holocaust allows a reconsideration of him as not merely its witness, but also as its storyteller. Taking The Periodic Table ([1975] 1986) as a conscious shift in Levi's writing direction this article examines where the fictional developments and memory collide, and attempts to assess if this produces a more memorable format in order to reveal a difficult history. Do we continue to read Levi because his honesty is greater than the bare facts, and is there such a thing as a Holocaust aesthetic?


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